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The dural shunt syndrome. Pathophysiology and clinical course.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6709319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dural shunts are vascular communications in which blood flows through small meningeal branches of the carotid arteries to enter the venous circulation near the cavernous sinus. The features of 10 patients with dural shunts are described. Most of these patients were postmenopausal women with dilated episcleral vessels, unilateral elevation of intraocular pressure, and exophthalmos. Pain or discomfort was common and ptosis or limited eye movement was usually present. These findings were characteristically more mild than those associated with carotid-cavernous sinus fistulas. CT scans usually showed enlargement of the extraocular muscles and the superior ophthalmic vein. Arteriography visualized partial or complete occlusion of intracranial venous drainage posterior to the cavernous sinus in all patients. Vascular dynamics of dural shunts are reviewed, and it is suggested that many of these communications may be congenital and that the onset of clinical abnormalities may be associated with the occurrence of intracranial venous thrombosis. Most patients eventually had resolution of their clinical abnormalities without treatment, and in some cases this improvement occurred soon after carotid arteriography.
A S Grove
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ophthalmology     Volume:  91     ISSN:  0161-6420     ISO Abbreviation:  Ophthalmology     Publication Date:  1984 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-05-02     Completed Date:  1984-05-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802443     Medline TA:  Ophthalmology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arteriovenous Malformations / physiopathology*
Carotid Artery, Internal / abnormalities*,  radiography
Cavernous Sinus / abnormalities*,  radiography
Middle Aged
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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